Simple Malt Altbier - Brasseurs Illimités

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Reviews: 29
Hads: 50
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Altbier |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: papat444 on 09-18-2009

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Photo of JerseyKirk
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Red to copper. 2 finger white gorgeous head. Creamy and pillowy. Crystal clear and nicely carbonated. Lacing everywhere.

S: Big sugary malt, caramel, cola, no hop presence, some cream, German yeast. Lack of hop aromas.

T: Eww, odd as hell. It's the most mismatched oddity in flavor. Caramel, sweet, floral, dank hops that are odd and off flavored. Also a slight sourness is in the beer. Big sweet malt notes. Gross.

M: Overly sweet. Missed the styles need to be dry. The finish is sweet and almost wort like in flavor.

O: The appearance and aroma are great. The flavor profile and mouthfeel are terrible. Needs work.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
2.91/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear reddish copper. Very nice color. Big light-beige head with average retention.

S- Cream soda(vanilla,marshamallow), caramel, metallic burnt grain and alcohol. A bit of cardboard. Lingonberry as it warmed.

T- Better than what I detected in the smell. A little roastiness. Cracker finish. After-taste isa bit cardboard like. The initial flavour is quite simple. Simple malt I guess... but it all gets dirty towards the finish.6.8%Abv very well hidden.

M- Medium, body, carbonation, mouthfeel and dryness.

O- Kind of a dirty beer. Okay drink but not a beer you crave.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a turbid chocolaty amber topped by a frothy, bubbly head that dies down leaving a spotty film of lacing.

The aroma is chocolate covered raisins, brown sugar, chestnuts, bread and mild eucalyptus.

The tastes is like chocolate covered sour cherries. Caramel. A bit of apple sauce and kola nut. A tinge of sour along with bitterness lingers in the finish and aftertaste as does some alcohol.

It's well carbonated much to the a detriment to the taste as it only adds to the harshness.

An oddly malt driven alt, a little lacking in finesse, and one that might improve if it mellowed out with some age.

Thanks to papat444 for sending this my way through CanBIF.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Broue HAHA.

A - Pours a nice dark copper colour. Bright. Medium carbonation. One finger fluffy beige head. Lacing clocks in at zero and the retention is a thin but admirable film.

S - Caramel is fairly evident with yeast and some earthiness. Bready also.

T - A little floral and grasssy with that earth again and some lighter caramel. Hops come through with a little pine also.

M - Proper carbonation with a medium to full body and a sweet finish with some earthiness.

O/D - I wasn't expecting much. Flavourful and mildly interesting. Doesn't really do much for me, but it was alright. Run of the mill.

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Photo of blackie
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: big eggshell head, high retention, the beer a deep amber color

s: papery noble hops, tealike malt body, a bit spicy with some darker fruit skins

m: carbonation light-moderate, medium body

t: toasty-sweet malts with a somewhat disruptive sour note coming into the finish, tea and wood, drying, plum skin, meh

d: not great, not bad, interestingly unusual but not something I'll look for again

single from WF, Fair Lakes

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a murky red/amber/brown colour with a small fizzy off white head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the murkiness of the beer. There is some faint lacing on the sides of the glass. The head stuck around for only a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - malts, breads/grains, alcohol, light hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a nice mouth feel, there is a slightly above average amount of carbonation. The most noticeable flavours are the malts, and the breads/grains. It also has a mild butter/caramel taste to it. I can also pick up on the alcohol in this beer. It finishes with a malty slight metallic aftertaste.

Drink - An interesting beer with a different taste. I'm on the fence with this one... worth a try though.

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Photo of kwjd
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky amber-brown colour with thin white head. Great head retention, with some mild lacing around the glass. Smell is of caramel malt, toffee and some fruitiness. Flavour is incredibly sweet, little bit boozy too, which is surprising since it isn't too high in alcohol content. Still a fairly tasty beer. Fairly high carbonation level. I'd prefer this to have a bit more hop presence, as I can barely notice any.

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Photo of bobsy
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bieropholie is dead, long live Bieropholie! The brewer now has his own line under the Brasseurs Illimités name, and I'm glad to sample to of his earliest offerings - an IPA and this altbier.

Pours the colour of milk chocolate with an off-white head, which drops to a collar and a formidable island, like Antartica adrift in a muddy ocean. A few spots of lace cling to the glass, and by the time the beer is half-finished all semblance of a head has disappeared. The aroma is true to the altbier style, with a combination of carame, fruit and chocolate elements, jiving with the less significant presence of herbal hops.

The taste is well done, and has a good integration of all the expected flavours. Sweet dark caramel upfront, moving through berries, minerals and dusty cocoa powder to a herbal and slightly juicy hop finish. The sweetness and bitterness seem to be in perfect balance for much of the drink, but after a while the bitterness becomes overly astringent, and combines with the dryness of the finish to distract from all the great things going on in the flavour. The mouthfeel is about par for the style - medium bodied with an active carbonation that occasionally adds and occasionally detracts. Perhaps a slightly softer feel would have been more appropriate.

All in all, this is a fairly good alt. It does have a few flaws, but not enough to damage it too badly, and I'd be happy to knock a few of these back.

Thanks to zorprime for another excellent Quebec micro!

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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from Marche Atwater. A nicely drinkable beer, although way strong carbonation. Pours soulfree brown (quotable) with a fancy creamy off-white head. Malty aroma, and rich malt taste, a little fruity.Some pepper. 34 IBU is there. Darn that carbonation.

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Photo of Viggo
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, picked up at Peluso.

Pours a lightly hazed dark orange brown, medium sized light tan head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots stick, looks alright but some clarity would be nice.

Smell is nice, very malty, lots of caramel and some biscuit, brown sugar, raisin, some dark fruit, almost a perfumy/floral aroma, very bready and rich, light alcohol, smells pretty nice.

Taste is a little weird, slightly sweet/sour, orange, some caramel and biscuit, lightly bready, a bit sugary, raisin and some dark fruit, a bit of fruity sourness, neat finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty thick, low carbonation, decently drinkable but the light sourness is a little offputting.

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Photo of papat444
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this last night.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: A nice chestnut brown body with a thick, slightly tan head. When i hold the glass to the light, i can see a little bit through it and i also notice it's good like a cherry wood color to it.

Smell: A bit reserved but i definitely get some hops, dry nuts and herbs. Has a dirty feel to it.

Taste: Astringent a little. A good hops presence that's a little on the dry side. A little bit of malt but the bitterness is definitely the winner here. Has an earthen feel to it.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is quite alive for sure. This beer has an edge to it. It's fairly well balanced but it does stradle the line between smooth and coarse though it seems to lean a little to the coarse side. Evens out a little as it warms.

Drinkability: A good one as i found myself drinking it quite easily. That said, i think this is more of an occasional beer rather than an everyday one for me.

Overall: I found it a little rough around the edges. Maybe time will help to smooth it out. It is still a good beer and it's refreshing to see a style that's underepresented here in Quebec but i think i prefered his first alt @ Bieropholie.

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Photo of argock
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 341mL brown bottle into a clear glass stange. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.50.

A: Murky pond water brown with thin cap of foamy off-white head that disappears quickly and leaves no lace.

S: Very light honey-caramel with some herbal, woody notes. Slightly more powerful with warming but still pretty tame.

T: Musty, a little leathery, and very malty with a nice blend of dark, caramel, and more sugary pale malt that comes off like dopplebock-light. THe herbal edge is there in the finish but not pronounced and the main issue with this brew's flavor. I think altbiers should have more of a hops presence than this beer. All in all though, the taste is very malty and earthy.

M: Good medium body with pretty active carbonation and a light earthy malt aftertaste.

D: Tasty enough, but not really distinguishing and I like alts to have a bigger hops component than this.

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Photo of 4ster
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Orange-Brown with a tinge of red in colour, clear, decent white head that dies pretty quickly, no real lacing, but nice micro carbonation bubbles. Smell is slightly fruity over a sweet malt backbone..Taste at the start is more sweet, various light fruit flavours of red stone fruit, cherries, etc.... light florals a bit, light roasted malts....unfortunately the end is a bit strange with a dirty, earthy, paper(cardboard as others have described it), malt - bitterness that leaves a not overly nice after taste. Body is pretty light, with light carbonation.... it's easy drinking but not overly refreshing.

Overall, much like so many others that try to do a Altbier, or Red Ales, it just falls somewhat short of the mark. A ok beer to have on a hot day, but it'd have a hard time finding a place amongst the regular go to's. As with most Illimites beers, it is well made though and a decent price if you're having a few buddies over that aren't picky beer drinkers but want to try something other than PBR....

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Photo of grub
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled march 14/2010.

pours slightly hazy reddish brown with a small dense light brown head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is nice. caramel and toffee. bit of butterscotch. light alcohol. lightly toasted multi-grain bread. bit of biscuit.slightly fruity. light herbal character.

taste is nice. toasted whole wheat bread. light alcohol. bit of earthy and herbal character. light toffee. bit of butterscotch. medium-low bitterness level - seems a bit high for the style. slightly fruity.

mouthfeel is pretty good. medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is nice. a little more bitter than it should be, but fairly well balanced. seems to be lacking a little in depth. fairly nice overall though.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Bronze pour, rather dark... Topped with a little over a finger of head, quite fizzly but almost semi-creamy, as well. Retains alright, leaving scattered lace patterns.

S: Malts, full of caramel and slightly honey-like and ripe fruit peel qualities.

T: Sweet, some dark fruit (plum-like) notes, paired with a tart, almost sour and acrid note. Malts smooth out any acidity it may have, making for a decent tasting brew.

M + D: Medium bodied, shimmering carbonation. Pretty straight forward and enjoyable mouthfeel. There's a noted alcohol warmth, and a spot of it in flavour... Best suited for paced drinking.

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Photo of mcann2pu
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours into glass a hazy dark amber color with about a half finger's worth of quickly dissipating head, there is a small amount of very fine lacing left on the glass,

Smell: pleasant malt aroma, dark fruit maybe a fig or plumb smell,

Taste: good overall taste diffidently has a good malty profile with some sweet fruit-like flavors coming through, this sweet malt taste is balanced by a bitter finish of hops.

Mouthfeel: good, fairly smooth and soothing,

Drinkability: I'd say this one is pretty drinkable, I was presently surprised with this beer, It seems to have some similarities to a barley wine, so if you enjoy that style you will like this brew.

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Photo of eat
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent woody-amber with an airy off-white head, fading to a thin cover. Almost no lacing and the retention could be better, but the colour is great.

Sweet malty nose. Toffee, brittle, light molasses, candy...mostly just a great caramel malty smell, like a dessert. I'd give this a 4.5 if it was more potent, it definitely smells awesome.

The flavour is quite a bit different than I was expecting from the smell. I was hoping for a malt bomb but it isn't really. The smell is all malt but I'd say the taste features hops even a little ahead of malt. I'd prefer a bit more of a malty base. Wheat, light caramel (especially given the nose), earthy hops, minrerals. It's not a complex beer but does have character. Drying finish with a hint of sweetness and very smooth for its ABV (none present). I'd like if the flavour was concentrated a little but as is it's still pretty alright.

Decent medium body and light carbonation. A bigger body would benefit this beer.

I like this beer, even if it's nothing special. A little hot to session at 6.8% but I could see myself putting away a few of these pretty easily. Brasseurs Illimités are showing themselves to be a solid brewery and I look forward to more releases from them in the future.

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Photo of Long813
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated: NA
From: ZorPrime, 341 ml

A: Dark hazy body with one finger of light mocha head. Poor retention and minimal lacing

S: Figs mixed with malts and caramel. Subtle and balanced notes on the nose

T: Much like the aroma, caramel like malts and figs dominate. Somewhat hoppy and spicy. Reminds me of a lighter barleywine.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth creamy body with a carbonation 'bite'. Leaves a pleasant malty aftertaste. No alcohol notes here.

D: Thanks again ZorPrime. This is an interesting beer - first of the style too. Nice textures and flavours. A smooth barleywine is what I need!

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Photo of dgoldb1
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. sampled march 2/2011.

pours a reddish brown with a nice dense light white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is nice. Fruity character.

taste is nice. toasted whole wheat bread. light alcohol. bit of earthy and herbal character. light toffee. bit of butterscotch. medium-low bitterness level - seems a bit high for the style. slightly fruity.

mouthfeel is pretty good. medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is nice. a little more bitter than it should be, but fairly well balanced. seems to be lacking a little in depth. fairly nice overall though.

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Photo of flipper2gv
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Fully transluscent burnt orange color. Head is off white but an aggressive pour still didn't give me a lot of it. Head doesn't last long. Not much lacing.

S: Very sweet smell overall. Lots of caramels and toffee. A solid malty backbone and lots of fruits like banana, pears and plum. Some spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Bready/cereal. A bit mineral. The smell is quite faint however.

T: Big taste, didn't expect that. Very cereal and grain like. Lots of malty sweetnesses: the caramel, molasses and toffee are very present. Still very fruity with bananas, pears and plums but also some dried fruits. Cinnamon and nutmeg are also present in the taste. Nice herbal hops cut at the end. Water seems mineral, which compliment very well the rest of the beer. Very balanced brew.

M: Mid to heavy feel with medium to low carbonation. Fits the beer right.

D: Real easy to drink, could get a lot of this.

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Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

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Impressive rising beige head. Slow to recede; a bit lumpy. The color of the broth is deep, ruby amber (or light brown, if you prefer). Hard to tell, but there may be a bit of a haze--light passes easily through the center.

Caramel and crystal malt aromas.

More of a hop bite than I expected. Still this leans to the malty side. Full bodied and lowly carbonated makes for a rich beer. The aftertaste reminds me of smoke.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burgundy in color with some shy striking hues.

Very shy lacy head that stays the course of the race.

Smell is little fruits with a hoppy fruity ester, banana, apples and toffee come in to play.

taste is malty at first, but very shy with a shy touch of dry hoppy feel. Small fruits and banana esters are present with a little taste of alcohol in the making, all of it rounded in what seems to be a smooth carbonated sugary and sweet body.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Distinctively fruity altbier riding a nice malty sourness.

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist capped bottle. Simple label design centered on contemporary and informal typography with a minimal dark blue in the background where the blurry silhouette of a horse seems to emerge under the emblem. Front narrative includes a short description (in French), the back elaborates on the context and careful craft of the brew. Lacks evident date of bottling, shows IBUs (33), and 6.8% Alc. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Murky amber brown pour, 1/2" frothy head. Fair surface memory with nice lacing.

S - Soft nose, fruity sense over a malty note.

T - Surprising effervescent fruitiness, young cherries, sour range riding the palate until it reaches its malty base. A bit of soda as the sourness settles.

M - Medium body, and medium carbonation, which actually feels a tad higher with that sugary fruitiness, and lingers long in the finish.

D - If one is not taken aback by the fruity sourness this actually comes together nicely.

Notes: Not a brew for the masses, and I really don't know that well how it sits within altbiers, middle/upper bracket in my small experience. Nice one to try in any case, and I got a couple of friends in mind that might rather enjoy this.

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Photo of MaliciousMatt
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this brewery is quite new on the scene. I already tried the Cascade IPA from them and like it (mmmm cascade hop!) so I was enthusiasm to try another product from them and this one does not disapoint. This one is something else but check this out :

A : Nice amber brown color with red reflections. White foam vanishing quickly.

S : Great! I am not saying it is the same smell, but it is the same feeling as when you smell fresh bred. You take a deep breath and know it is right! You can smell the honesty of the malt. Not so complex but it smell good heavy malt, biscuit like. The malt is really the dominent aroma. Curiously just by the smell you can tell they are using quality ingredients.

T : Delivering the merchandise! All that malt that you snifted earlier, it is now yours to taste and it is really good. A small hint of bitterness in the end to balance everything and you already want to take another sip.

M : Between thin and medium. Nice fine bubles help the taste explode your taste buds. I would be interested in trying a cask version if ever avaible.

D : Great ale! Nice honest beer for those times when you just want to enjoy life. A good alternative to macros because it goes down easily but it tastes way better!

I heard you can go pick up a crate of 24 directly at the brewery during week-ends. I defenitely have to go get some. With winter coming this is gonna be a great go to beer for just anyday. Good after mountain beer may be.

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Photo of francisfilion
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I passed by the brewery and bought a 6 pack of their altbier and the owner gave me a bottle of their béta 6 which is not out yet which I found pretty cool!!
The beer is a reddish copper, that is quite clear. The head is thick and cream color. The beer has high carbonation and leaves a pretty lacing in the glass.
The smell is of roasted malts, maple, sweet fruits, and floral hops. Really amazing smell!!
The taste starts off with roasted malts followed by the fruity sweetness and the floral finish from the hops giving it a slighty hoppy finish. The beer is medium bodied with good carbonation, nothing too much.
Overall a great selection from Brasseurs Illimtés that I am glad I have a 6 pack!! I will definitely enjoy the rest, and suggest finding it!!

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Simple Malt Altbier from Brasseurs Illimités
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